It’s the end of the world as we know it …

There are a multitude of apocalyptic climate change doom-and-destruction scenarios propagated in the mass media. Among them are “profoundly silly” big-budget films with poor acting and instantaneous ice ages. While these may be entertaining, I doubt that a bizarre Mad Max dystopian scenario awaits humanity as a result of anthropogenic transformation. So, what horrible things … Continue reading It’s the end of the world as we know it …

TANSTAAFL

Since childhood, I have been an avid Robert Heinlein fan (yes, despite his depiction of women in his later works) and one of my favorite aphorisms that Heinlein popularized is TANSTAAFL – “there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” My last grocery store receipt brings this phrase to mind. € 24.35 after discounts … Continue reading TANSTAAFL

Put that on my tab

The above social media post – recently republished in my university’s student magazine – made me consider how academic research has changed since my undergraduate days in the 1980s. Back then, we didn’t have any tabs open when working on assignments because the Internet and web browsers didn’t exist. When you wanted to know something, … Continue reading Put that on my tab